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Christmas and New Year Message From Us!

 

To all our friends, stakeholders, and partners,

We wish all the good tidings of this holiday season, and thank you for your support. This is a special time of year to give thanks and to reflect on the accomplishments of 2018, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

The new Forum continues to take shape, and our partners the Laikipia Tourism Association and the LAICONAR – Laikipia County Natural Resources Network, have already taken up residence at the Forum’s compound. They join the very active Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership here.

There are important revisions to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act that impact the County Wildlife Conservation and Compensation Committees. We’ll give you an update early in the new year on the implications for our area.

With the addition of our new partners, the new Forum Board will hold its first meeting in 2019, forging a more Inclusive and representative conservation action network for the Greater Laikipia Landscape.

So from all our partners:

  • Laikipia Farmers Association
  • LAICONAR
  • MKEWP
  • County Wildlife Conservation and Compensation Committee
  • Laikipia Association of Conservation Educators (LACE)
  • Laikipia Regional Conservancies
  • Oromat Lenabiosho Cooperative Society, and
  • Laikipia Tourism Association

We take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Peaceful Christmas, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Chairman

The Laikipia Forum

P.S. The Forum’s offices are closed for business between December 22 and January 7, 2019.

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Kenya’s Wildlife Conservation Status Report for 2015-2017

 

HERE is the Nation’s “ National Wildlife Conservation Status Report for 2015-2017”. To our knowledge, this is the first of these reports, mandated by the Wildlife Act of 2013. This report forms part of the Government’s “audit” of the wildlife sector and its performance relative to conservation, and an array of endangered and threatened species listed in the Act.

For those interested, the Report outlines the major threats to wildlife species and conservation – and unsurprisingly,  encroachment and poaching top the list supplemented by infrastructure development and invasive species. Wildlife disease is also cited as a growing threat.

While the Report will not surprise you, it is the first major baseline against which we can hold our wildlife authorities and ourselves accountable. Combine this Report with the pending release of the National Wildlife Policy, the recently released National Wildlife Strategy, the soon-to-be released National Wildlife Conservation Agenda for the next 5 years, the Report on Consumptive Wildlife Use, and we may just be realizing the tools to release the log-jam that has blocked dynamic conservation action in this country for too long.

 

Stay Informed! Keep Engaged!

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Fauna & Flora, and MKEWP Joined in Support of Mutara Communities

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Chief of Mutara Location speaks to residents during a meeting to resolve water crisis and conflicts between downstream and upstream water users in the area. The meeting was organised by partnership of Water Resource Authority, Ol Pejeta, MKEWP and WRUA members.

 Over the last few months, this partnership has hosted a series of engagements with WRUA members in Mutara and Suguroi Sub-Catchments of the Ewaso Basin.

The partnership is tackling issues related to water conflicts. They have also offered training of WRUA members on water conservation and management, focusing on a more equitable supply of water between upper and lower catchment water users.

Moreover, the partnership has focused on the mandatory development of the Sub-Catchment Management Plans , and is pushing for more women to participate in the management of water resources actively.

These partners are working together with the Water Resource Authority (WRA), Water Resources User Associations (WRUA), project committees and pastoral communities in the two catchments.

Water Crisis

A significant increase of acreage under irrigation and over-abstraction from users in all the zones of Mutara have contributed to conflicts between users in the upper and lower zones. This over-abstraction is causing conflicts with down-stream water users. In water crisis meetings held since September 2018, the partnership:

  • Developed water rationing plans prior to dry months, when most water conflict occur.
  • Supported Smart Water Agriculture – Farmers are helped to adopt modern farming technologies to reduce water wastage.
  • Supported a Ksh 10,000 fine on Community Water Projects that go against rationing plans and other regulations agreed on between the WRA and WRUAs.

Training of Community Members

Over 80 WRUA members have been trained on different aspects of water conservation, smart water agriculture, and good governance.

More specifically, farmers in the catchment now have access to a simple manual in line with the current agricultural policy used by the water and extension officers of the County to train farmers.

MKEWP has also facilitated farmers from Mutara-Suguroi to visit model farms in three counties (Laikipia, Nyeri and Meru) to learn about Smart Water Agriculture and market-based solutions.

Mutara WRUA member speaks during a meeting organized by MKEWP to train the community on catchment protection and sensitize them on the 2016 Water Act.

Mutara Sub-Catchment Management Plan

Finally, plans to develop the Mutara Sub-Catchment Management Plan (SCMP), by March 2019 are underway.

In its preparation, WRA, with help from Ol Pejeta Conservancy, conducted an abstraction survey while MKEWP commissioned a river study for the Mutara River. These two studies will come in handy in the development of the final plan. The SCMPs guide the management and maintenance of the sub-catchment by communities.

In 2019 MKEWP will continue to work with Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC) in the Mutara area on the Cattle, Water and Wildlife in Laikipia.

Laikipia Cattle, Water and Wildlife Project is funded by the Darwin Initiative through UK Government funding.

The project is implemented with partnership of FFI, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and LWF through Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP)